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4/18/08 / TA

9:00 AM I’m glad to learn that I’m not the only one with that feeling of being too “plugged in”. From article:

“I think there is some common-sense part of us that says, ‘Wait a second. This has gone too far. We are too plugged-in,’”…”

“It’s like our mind is going in a million different directions all the time. So taking a day when you are completely cut off from technology forces you to re-engage with the real world,”…

“I thought it was just a problem that affected me and my geeky colleagues. But then I started hearing from Italians with similar issues, and Poles and Czechs, and I even got a query from someone in Colombia.

“So I realize it’s not just an American problem but an international one,”…

The article quotes a researcher stating that 1 to 10 percent of the American population uses technology in a way that negatively impacts their lives, relationships, health or jobs.

“I have dream blogged. I have surfed the Internet in my dreams sometimes. If I start hearing imaginary incoming message chimes on my computer when I am out in the back yard, it tells me I have spent too much time online,”…

For me this whole issue is yet another affirmation of the old adage that nothing is good in excess. People are setting time apart to turn off their phones, computers, even televisions, and returning to activities like painting and handwriting letters (from article). Maybe we’re “progressing” faster than we can handle, and we’re paying a price for it in not just our personal but also our social and professional lives.

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